Orienteers tackle picturesque course

Derek Bishton
Derek Bishton

DERWENT Valley Orienteers members were out in force last weekend to tackle a course in the majestic setting of Kedleston Park, against the backdrop of Robert Adam’s neo-classical mansion.

The fast open parkland contrasted with the complex woodland to give challenging courses to all.

The blustery conditions did not deter the runners and some even opted to run through the ford rather than cross on the bridge further upstream.

Such was the closeness of the competition that seconds gained could be important.

This is always an area which favours the runner rather than the orienteer but, with Brian Denness’s careful planning, this advantage was reduced.

First on the junior white course was Rachel Duckworth, fresh from her triumph last week at the British Orienteering Championship, held in South Yorkshire.

Louis Forshaw-Perring took the honour in the other junior course, the yellow.

Louis, however, was not content with just a first place on the yellow course and went on to come third in the intermediate light green course.

The next major event in Derbyshire will be at Cromford Moor and Black Rock on Sunday, September 25.

However, before then, there will be a series of local events especially suitable for the beginner including the Derbyshire Schools Orienteering Championships at Shipley Park on June 18.

For full details of these orienteering opportunities in Derbyshire, please visit www.dvo.org.uk or call 01629 734042.